Becoming an LPN in Indiana
Indiana promotes quality nursing by focusing on collaboration, education, information, and leadership. They strive to deliver the best patient care by maintaining a competent health workforce. To become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in the state, one must either apply for licensure via exam or endorsement. The latest prediction for Indiana by the Bureau of Labor Statistic indicated a 13% increase in LPN jobs per year by 2024.
2017 Best LPN Programs in Indiana
Indiana has many options if you're considering becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the state. Community colleges, vocational schools, and private career schools in cities like Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Bloomington-across the entire state you can a variety of options. Currently Indiana has about 20 LPN schools offering state-approved curriculum-we've reviewing NCLEX-PN pass-rates for them all, tabulating a list of the top 10.
For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)1
Ivy Tech - Fort Wayne3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805 - (260) 482-9171 -
Ivy Tech Community College is the only full-fledged community college in Indiana with many campuses across the state. At Ivy Tech - Fort Wayne, nursing students are offered hands-on experience with some of the state’s most advanced technologies and training facilities.2
Ivy Tech - Terre Haute8000 South Education Drive, Terre Haute, IN 47802 - (812) 299-1121 -
Ivy Tech Community College in Terra Haute is part of the largest singly-accredited statewide community college system in the entire country. Ivy Tech offers students a range of associate degree and transfer programs, as well as career certification programs and workforce development programs.3
Ivy Tech - Greencastle915 South Zinc Mill Road, Greencastle, IN 46135 - (765) 653-7410 -
Ivy Tech Community College in Greencastle is part of the largest public post-secondary institution in Indiana. The college was originally founded in 1963 as Indiana Vocational Technical College. Since then, it has expanded to become a diverse institution offering more than 150 programs.4
Ivy Tech - Evansville3501 N. First Avenue, Evansville, IN 47710 - (888) 489-5463 -
At the Evansville campus, Ivy Tech Community College students are pushed to excel to reach their highest potential. Ivy Tech delivers personal attention to students, offering a large number of programs including associates degrees, transfer education, career certification, adult learning, and workforce development.5
Ivy Tech - Lafayette3101 S Creasy Ln, Lafayette, IN 47905 - (888) 489-5463 -
Ivy Tech Community College's Lafayette campus offers affordable degree and certification programs. Training is aligned with the community's needs, as well as courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and workforce development for occupational advancement.6
Ivy Tech - SellersburgIvy Tech - Sellersburg, Sellersburg, IN 47172 - (812) 246-3301 -
Ivy Tech Community College students at the Sellersburg campus are prepared to live, learn, and work in a diverse and globally competitive environment. Students are provided with professional, technical, transfer, and life-long learning educational options.7
Ivy Tech - Indianapolis50 W Fall Creek Pkwy. N. Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46208 - (888) 489-5463 -
Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis is part of the greater Ivy Tech public community college institution in Indiana. With locations throughout the state, Ivy Tech offers more than 150 programs in the divisions of health, technology, business & public services, as well as university transfer programs.89
Ivy Tech - Gary1440 East 35th Avenue, Gary, IN 46409 - (219) 879-9137 -
In Gary, Indiana, Ivy Tech students have the option to participate in associate degree programs, transfer programs, as well as career certification programs. Ivy Tech is considered to be a true engine of Indiana’s workforce, training Hoosiers for the careers that will grow their future economy.10
Ivy Tech - Bloomington200 Daniels Way, Bloomington, IN 47404 - (812) 332-1559 -
Ivy Tech in Bloomington, Indiana provides education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. Curriculum is designed to develop competency in the comprehension of general and technical skills. The Practical Nursing program leads to a Technical Certificate that can be completed in one year.
Continued List of All Programs in Indiana
Ranked Program Score Details #11 Ivy Tech - South Bend220 Dean Johnson Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601(574) 830-0375 98.68 ivytech.edu #12 Ivy Tech - Anderson104 West 53rd Street, Anderson, IN 46013(765) 643-7133 98.40 ivytech.edu #13 Ivy Tech - Richmond2357 Chester Blvd., Richmond, IN 47374(765) 966-2656 97.58 ivytech.edu #14 Ivy Tech - Columbus4475 Central Avenue, Columbus, IN 47203(800) 922-4838 96.95 ivytech.edu #15 Ivy Tech - Kokomo1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo, IN 46901(800) 459-0561 96.82 ivytech.edu #16 Ivy Tech - Muncie4301 S Cowan Rd,, Muncie, IN 47302(888) 489-5463 96.60 ivytech.edu #17 Vincennes University - Jasper850 College Ave, Jasper, IN 47546(812) 482-3030 96.32 my.vinu.edu #18 Vincennes University1002 N 1st St, Vincennes, IN 47591(800) 742-9198 89.32 my.vinu.edu #19 Med Tech - Fort Wayne7230 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804(260) 436-3272 88.45 medtech.edu #20 Med Tech - Greenwood1500 American Way, Greenwood, IN 46143(317) 534-0322 83.34 medtech.edu #21 Brown Mackie College South Bend3454 Douglas Road, South Bend, IN 46635(574) 237-0774 81.69 brownmackie.edu #22 Med Tech - Indianapolis6612 East 75th Street, Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46250(317) 845-0300 75.61 medtech.edu #23 Brown Mackie College Merrillville1000 E. 80th Place, Suite 205S, Merrillville, IN 46410(855) 988-5955 62.56 brownmackie.edu
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Indiana LPN Licensing Requirements
The first step to becoming an LPN in the state of Indiana is to attend a state-approved nursing program. After coursework is complete, the graduate must then sit for and pass the required NCLEX exam.
In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit and the proper application along with a certificate of Completion from their state-approved nursing program.
Physical strength as well as endurance may be a factor in hiring in the state—physical abilities are not limited to lifting patients and machinery or standing and walking for extended periods of time.
LPN's from other states can receive an Indiana license by endorsement. Along with the endorsement application, the applicant must also submit:
- A professional headshot (passport-style photo) approximately 2 x 3 inches.
- $50 application fee payable to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.
- Proof (verification) of license from another state.
- Documentation from completed state-approved nursing program.
- Criminal background check.
Applicants from foreign countries must submit his or her official school transcripts--both high school or equivalent as well as any nursing program attended. The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS - http://www.cgfns.org/) must perform a full course-by-course review and evaluate the credentials.
LPN Endorsement Application (http://www.in.gov/pla/2506.htm)
Indiana LPN licenses expire October 31st every even year and do not require continued education for renewal. They do, however, require continued education if the license is allowed to expire 10 years or less—those would be required to submit proof of 24 hours of continued education. If the license has been expired more than 10 years, the Board will assess on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about Indiana LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.
Additional IN Nursing Resources
Indiana State Board of Nursing
Professional Licensing Agency
402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 234-2043
Fax: (317) 233-4236
1. Indiana State Nurses Association (http://www.indiananurses.org/)